Environmental challenges

In 2017, we strengthened our leadership position in the field of wind energy and continued the renovation of our hydroelectric power plants.

Our thermal power plants are frequently called upon to ensure the balance between production and consumption. After all, this balance is fragile due to large fluctuations in the available capacity

In 2018 we will continue our efforts in the field of wind energy and hydropower to maintain our leading position in renewable energy in Belgium.

Frederik Snoeck,

Corporate Director Productie


Carbon footprint

The production of greenhouse gases contributes to climate change, which has visible - and often detrimental - effects on ecosystems and populations, including those of Belgium. As a responsible company, EDF Luminus decided to measure its own overall carbon footprint as of 2011, in order to identify the principal components and thereby better target reduction efforts, whether driven by the company or its customers, or by public policy.

 

It’s another way for EDF Luminus to act as the preferred energy partner in Belgium.

Renewable energy

Well-thought-out development of renewable energy is a way to combat global warming, which is partly caused by the emission of greenhouse gases by the energy sector, globally.

 

EDF Luminus maintains, renews and develops its production capacity in renewable energy from ecological as well as economic considerations:

  • the production of renewable energy by the existing hydropower plants is reasonably predictable;
  • onshore wind energy is the technology closest to economic maturity ;
  • the installation of solar panels can help customers reduce their CO2 footprint.

Safety of installations

Producing and supplying energy is a key activity, both from an economic and social point of view. Maintaining the integrity and proper functioning of the industrial as well as the administrative sites of EDF Luminus is thus a necessity. An industrial accident (a gas pipe rupture, for example) could have significant consequences on the health of employees, neighbours and the environment.

 

NB: EDF Luminus owns 10.2% of four Belgian nuclear power plants, but has no responsibility, direct or indirect, in their operation (see royal decrees of December 19, 2000).

Natural resources and biodiversity

The choice of energy mix for a producer of electricity and supplier of gas and electricity can have direct and indirect impact on natural resources, soil, water and biodiversity. Specifically, the construction and exploitation of production facilities -whether for thermal or renewable energy – uses raw materials (for EDF Luminus, this is primarily natural gas) and various materials (concrete, steel and complex alloys).

 

The environment can also be affected by the production facilities themselves (for example, pollution risk from thermal plants, risk to avifauna and chiroptera from wind turbines, risk to fish from hydraulic plants).